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Cabinetry

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CABINETRY


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Probably our most interesting and challenging project to date and perhaps most beautiful. It was inspired by a traveling show of Renaissance architectural models at the National Gallery. Our cabinet would have been an entry in a design competition over 500 years ago.

The proportions we worked from were those of the knave end of Brunelleschi's duomo in Florence. That building was without a facade for 500 years after it's basic completion. If you've seen this brilliant structure you might agree it is let down by the facade design and we think this design superior. There is a lot of reverence here for historic architecture.

 
 
Watercolor rendering (L). Completed in 2009, currently displayed at our main office (R).

Watercolor rendering (L). Completed in 2009, currently displayed at our main office (R).

 

TYPES OF CABINETRY

Learn more about our cabinetry projects and the processes involved.

BOWED

This bowed corner unit solved that old "how conceal the media center" problem. The bowed cornice is in plaster. All other curved elements are wood.

modern & modular

A dramatic contemporary wall unit designed and built by The Craftsmen Group. In the curved front base cabinets are surround sound stereo components, media and L.P. storage.

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display

The managers at the Hard Rock Cafe gave us a thumb nail sketch of an antique cabinet they had at their Houston location. All work including design, detailing, fabrication and finishing were done in-house. All curved moldings were machined from solid mahogany; the flat surfaces were built-up curved laminations. The deep red color comes from a stain of logwood and Brazilwood extracts and amber shellac top coats.

architectural models

Below is the water color rendering by Randolph Janney cabinet which we completed in autumn of 2009. Probably our most interesting and challenging project to date and perhaps most beautiful. It was inspired by a traveling show of Renaissance architectural models at the National Gallery. Our cabinet would have been an entry in a design competition over 500 years ago.

The proportions we worked from were those of the knave end of Brunelleschi's duomo in Florence. That building was without a facade for 160 years after it's basic completion. If you've seen this brilliant structure you might agree it is let down by the facade design and we think this design superior. There is a lot of reverence here for historic architecture.

entertainment storage

This is a TV cabinet, built-in from crown molding to base, with special paint treatment and patinated hardware. I think if it didn't house a TV one might imagine it to be original to this huge 1920's house. I love the corner columns that hinge away.

Getting a piece like this off the page, those first decisions regarding the size, scale and divisions of the carcass is where experience and bravery play a role. Even a drawing this detailed doesn't answer all questions. A piece of this quality is a pleasure and a challenge.

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bookcases

These just finished units pictured top right are in quarter sawn oak meant to compliment the historic fireplace - a pretty good fit. Quarter sawn oak is an excellent choice in matching the American Chestnut used commonly in turn of the century millwork. Common use and a blight of this great tree both precipitated its decline, unfortunately today American Chestnut is unavailable.

These bookcases pictured bottom right were there but plain and boring. Pilasters cornice and a ceiling treatment brought texture and elegance to this library/music room.

Some projects are about every inch. These two bookcases are in a stairway. Door swing, clearance for passage, projection of molding and ornament are considered.

staircase bookshelves

Some projects are about every inch. These two bookcases are in a stairway. Door swing, clearance for passage, projection of molding and ornament are considered.